tireless

tireless

by Graham Spaid

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ISBN-13: 9781490381411
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Spaid once slept in a cemetery in Greece (it seemed like the safest place to spend the night outside). He was forced off a bus in India by window-smashing rioters. He's been robbed, and mistaken for a thief, a priest, a concert pianist, Woody and Tony Blair. He was examined by a dentist called Dr Fang. The rest isn't silence...

BBC Radio broadcast a separate, humorous story set in South India. Like this story, tireless: reflects his experiences in different countries and jobs.

An Australian, he has travelled in over thirty countries, working as a language tutor in Greece, Italy and Taiwan, as well as a teacher in India, Australia and the UK, where he now lives with his wife.

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Tireless 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tireless is very original.  Funny in both ways, strange and humorous.  It actually made me laugh aloud.  The incidents which are retold in the lives of the characters engage the reader’s attention.  This book really is impossible to put down.  You just want to know what happens next.  It’s not suspense so much as the style of writing which drew me along.  A real find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real find. Once in a while you come across a real find and this is one of those cases. Real comic writing with a flair for style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, with its dazzling chapters, was a revelation to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly an exceptional book. The prose is electric.  I just couldn't stop reading.  Satire at its very best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An extremely entertaining novel.  The word bizarre does not really do it justice.  It just goes, and does not touch down again, even at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weird and wonderful. It is hard to believe this is a debut. I cannot find anything else by this author.  Re-reading Tireless is very easy to do, however.  I have now read it three times and I am still finding how good it is. Some of it is pure escapism, some of it is extremely realistic, but it is always riveting.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! 5* An extremely imaginative piece of writing.  It just shows a book doesn’t have to be completely ‘realistic’ to be believable and moving.  This book is funny and sad.  It presses all the right buttons. I read it in one sitting.  I love the characters and the wordplay.  I quickly felt I knew the narrator very well.  It’s a clever narrative that lets you think, but it’s not heavy-handed.  I just sat back and enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something new.  5* Tireless is satire the way it used to be.  One chapter, ‘A Moderate Proposal to reduce the Overcrowding in British Prisons’ made me think of Swift’s ‘Modest Proposal.’ Each chapter is different from the last.  Spaid writes in different styles, but there is one narrator we constantly sympathise with in spite of, or maybe because of his peculiar interest in the neighbors, and he has his frailties, which most of us probably share. The author is obviously fascinated by language and character and he has written a fascinating book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant.   I came to this book thinking it would be a change (judging by the cover) and I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s a series of stories about someone who spies on his neighbors.  We see things from many different perspectives. Even though there’s no conventional plot, I just couldn’t stop reading, the writing style is so fresh and exciting. It has a bit of everything, satire, diary, fantasy, travel, humor, adventure.  The characters are totally believable.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did something different this summer.  I didn’t buy a blockbuster for once, but something I’ll remember longer.  Graham Spaid has a magical way with words.  Expect the unexpected.  Just when you think you’ve sorted things out, you find yourself having to think again. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who's sick of the same old same old. There are lots of surprises here. No real plot, but lots of sharply-observed characters. It's all about Tom (the Peeping sort) who gets caught up in his neighbors' lives, and their fertile imaginations. Graham Spaid  knows how to write. I just wish it was longer. Any sequel out there?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strange but absorbing read Not your average book club read, but we can do better than the average I hope. Incredibly funny at times. At times you wonder if the author's OK. (Joking!) A strange but absorbing read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover caught my eye, the red bus. The book takes you somewhere, that's for sure. It's a non-stop assault on the imagination. I didn't want the journey to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You don't know what to expect with this. Whatever happens, it'€™s always a lot of fun. I don'€™t remember one boring bit, or any silliness that was not intended,€“ unlike a lot of books released these days! I liked this a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. I can't give it any more stars because I normally like a strong plot. That said, I kept wanting to turn the next page. This book is beautifully written. A string of connected anecdotes. I'll never look at certain animals (or people) in quite the same way again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and some people will love this.  A bit too odd for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plenty of irony in this book, which is not my favorite kind of humor. However, some people are gonna love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating stuff. This is pure entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad at all, I felt maybe I was missing something though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give it a miss. I didn't like this at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PD James gave 10 tips for writing novels. Number 1 on the list is that you should only write if you were born to. Graham Spaid was born to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened onto this book, but it's not the sort of thing I normally read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't get my head around this at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really interesting book. I'll probably stick with something happier, but tireless was a breath of fresh air. I'm not quite sure if it has a happy ending or not.  This has no easy answers, but it it very easy to read.  I read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This takes a swipe at just about everyone and everything. Tireless is so well-written it carried me along.  A mixture of philosophy and farce, if I didn’t always know where one ends and the other begins.  That’s life I suppose.